Tracing Freud on the Acropolis Exhibition Catalogue

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This catalogue has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition Tracing Freud on the Acropolis held at the Freud Museum London, 26 July 2023 - 7 January 2024.

Sigmund Freud was already “a man of mature years” when he travelled to Athens for the first and last time in 1904, accompanied by his younger brother, Alexander. Greek history and mythology deeply inspired him since childhood, but the trip was the result of unexpected changes to his travel plans that year.   

When he reached the top of the Acropolis hill, gazing toward the sea, Freud experienced a feeling of astonishment and disbelief that puzzled him for decades. In 1936, he wrote about his experience in an open letter to French author Romain Rolland – the text, titled ‘A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis’ is now considered a key point of reference.   

This publication, inspired by books on ancient Greece and travel in Freud's library, accompanies the Freud Museum’s exhibition Tracing Freud on the Acropolis (July 2023 – January 2024). It features essays examining different strands of Freud’s visit to Greece, and a concertina insert documenting the exhibition.  

In this catalogue:

Foreword - Dr Giuseppe Albano

Tracing Freud on the Acropolis - Marina Maniadaki

From Athens to Vienna - Jamie Ruers

Why Can't We Have Nice Things? -Stefan Marianski


A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis - Sigmund Freud (tr. James Strachey)

Contributors & Acknowledgements


Publisher: Freud Museum Publications

Published: November 2023

Format: Paperback

Pages: 92

Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.8 x 20.8 cm

Comes with a copy of A4 exhibition poster  

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